Exorcism of 1949 continues to fascinate St. Louis

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 6:02 p.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS — Saint Louis University junior Zach Grummer-Strawn has never seen "The Exorcist," the 1973 horror film considered one of the finest examples of unadulterated cinematic terror. He's only vaguely familiar with the monthlong 1949 demon-purging ritual at his school that inspired William Peter Blatty's novel and later the movie.